Obama to tout next-generation autos Thursday
August 10th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Obama to tout next-generation autos Thursday

President Obama will return to Michigan Thursday to tour a plant that manufactures advanced-technology automotive batteries, his latest effort to highlight the administration’s mandate for dramatically more fuel efficient vehicles over the next two decades.

The Holland, Michigan facility, operated by Johnson Controls, will also serve as a backdrop for the president as he delivers his latest speech outlining how the administration believes implementing new automotive technologies will lead to the creation of thousands of new jobs.

“This facility just emphasizes the administration’s commitment both to job creation and investment in clean-energy technologies,” Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, told reporters on a conference call.

“Because of the critical investment we have made and because of innovative companies like Johnson Controls, the United States will soon have the ability to produce enough batters to support 500,000 plug-in and hybrid vehicles and think this is an incredible story to tell,” she added.

The trip comes on the heels of Obama’s recent announcement mandating all automakers bring their average fuel mileage for passenger cars to 55.4 miles per gallon by the year 2025. The current government mandate is 27 miles per gallon.

“Taken together, the standards that the administration announced over the past weeks represent the largest single step our nation has ever taken to reduce our independence on oil,” Zichal also said.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. joe

    Did Obama cut a deal with GM Money for Votes
    Didn't kennedy do somthing Similar
    But at least Obama's vote will be alive

    August 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  2. jean2009

    Nice to know we still have American auto manufacturing companies....just think where the teapotty would have sent them.

    August 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  3. best gas mileage

    Great information. Thanks so much. Very much appreciated.

    October 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  4. 7even


    March 14, 2012 at 5:18 am |
  5. cars, autos, automobiles, suv

    Thanks bud

    May 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm |